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Five Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling for Business

When it comes to traveling, there is a plethora of germs you come into contact with. From waiting in the airport to being confined on a plane to staying in an unfamiliar place, it can be all too easy to find your immune system struggling while you are on a business trip.

However, because most business trips are when you need to be on your A-game, as you are meeting with clients, potential investors, etc, staying healthy is a priority. Here are five ways to help boost your immunity while traveling:

Most corporations offer some sort of corporate wellness plan or health insurance coverage, which many employees do not take advantage of. But, if you are traveling for business and find yourself fighting off a cold, make time to stop by a doctor’s office and get checked out. Call your regular doctor and ask if he or she has any recommendations as to what hospital or practice to visit in the location you are visiting. Seeing a doctor and getting antibiotics can help prevent your sickness from getting any worse.

Make sure you pack your vitamins—and actually take them. These can help your immune system fight off any sick germs your body might come into contact with whilst traveling. Additionally, take immunity boosters, such as Emergen-C or Airborne. These can act as preventative measures, leaving your body ready to fight off germs.

While many business trips include client dinners or other business meals, try to make healthy meal choices as best as you can. The vitamins and minerals within the healthy foods can offer your immune system the boost it needs to maintain its healthy.

Coffee can often be the drink of choice during business meetings. While it does offer antioxidants, water is your best bet at staying healthy. Because you might be on the go quite a bit during your trip, make sure to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. It will remind you to stay hydrated, which can help alleviate feelings of tiredness.

Jet lag can wreak havoc on your immune system. Try to get as much sleep as possible while traveling, for sleep helps to build up your body’s immunity. Although it can be difficult to get an adequate night’s rest while suffering through jet lag, or while having late business dinners and early morning conferences, do your best to get at least six to seven hours of sleep a night.

If your business trip is for an extended period of time rather than for a weekend, try to fit in a workout or two. Most hotels have gym access that is available to all guests. Taking the time to get in even a 20-minute workout can help release any stress or tension you might be feeling while also keeping your body healthy.

Implementing these six tips into your business travel plans can help you stay as healthy as possible.

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